MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School girls started slow in their quarterfinal match up against No. 12 Roy C. Ketcham last week, but the Indians picked up the pace in the second half and rolled past the Dutchess Indians, 57-35, in a Section 1 Class AA first-round game at Mahopac.

The No. 5 Indians (15-6) are scheduled to visit No. 4 Albertus Magnus (17-4) at 6 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to the semifinals on Thursday, March 5, at the Westchester County Center.

Mahopac’s slow start allowed Ketcham to hang around and keep the game tied 23-23 at halftime. But Mahopac’s defense stepped up in the second half, allowing just 12 points in the final two quarters.

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“We started a little rough early on, missing some layups,” Indians coach Chuck Scozzafava said. “But we play good defense, and that keeps us around. I was happy with the way we came out in the second half, we held them to 12, which is great, our press really started to bother them.”

Caitlyn O’Boyle led the Indians with 18 points and a season-high 20 rebounds; Melanie DeMeo added 15 points; Julie DeBrocky had 13 points; and Mia Klammer energized Mahopac in the second half with 6 steals and 6 points.

“One key, especially in the second half, was Mia,” Scozzafava said of his sparkplug. “She sat out with foul trouble in the second quarter, and they came back on us. Having Mia out there in the second half was big—she’s very disruptive, gets steals, causes havoc. That was really a key. And she plays defense. She was a big factor.

“O’Boyle was also big with 11 points in the second half and seven in the fourth,“ the coach added. “She had a big game; 18 and 20 is huge for us. Melanie also played very well, and DeBrocky had some key three’s. When she gets going, that’s a nice weapon for us. Lauren Beberman also played well and gave us good defense, and Julia Paolicelli also played really good defense, attacked the basket, and played hard.”

Scozzafava knows the next round will be a big challenge for his team. “Magnus is a very good team, they played into overtime with Ursuline,” the coach said. “They have some good players. We’ll have to control their best two players, and get out on the other girls. We also have to take advantage of the inside with Caitlyn.”